Life in detention

I have been here now for nearly 2 months. It is like prison but UKBA believes that there is a big difference between here and prison. There are lots of people from different countries with different cultures.

So, I will tell you what it’s like to be here:

flickr: by ukhomeoffice

First of all I must mention that here they give us food and a place to walk around but nobody can understand our situation, being in prison but without doing anything wrong. I just walk around and speak with officers and many solicitors who never accept my case just because UKBA has given me a ticket. I have many mental problems and sometimes I want to finish my ordinary life here; every moment here is the same as one year for me.

On a normal day I dream about hope and sit in my room alone watching the walls. When I go out of my room, there are fights here everyday between prisoners and sometimes between them and officers. Today I saw the officers who were just with one of the guys who hasn’t done anything wrong and the officers were trying to start a fight with him. We are alone here and they are all together. No one can understand our feelings.

The only things I have control over are: I can EAT and go to bed here and walk around the square yard, or sometimes play sport, but what is the point here? If I don’t have freedom it’s like I have nothing.

You asked me about the good things here, but about good things here there is nothing good. The food is not good. I believe that the only good thing is it’s a good business for the UK government to catch people but they don’t think about who has problems and who doesn’t. They just think about continuing the business. UKBA’s policy is that when they catch one Afghan they want to give him a return ticket immediately. There is no hope for Afghan people to get released from here, and you know that Afghanistan has lots of problems and it is one of poorest countries in the world. I don’t know why UKBA continues to send Afghan refugees back to their country.

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2 Responses to Life in detention

  1. Ceri Oeppen says:

    I shall follow this blog with interest. A key way to raise awareness about the restrictive and inhumane asylum/migration regime in the UK is through initiatives like this that help make the public aware of individual’s experiences – I applaud your bravery in being so open. I wish you all the best for the future.

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